Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #119--January 24, 2002

CAAR (Current Awareness in Aging Research) is a weekly email report produced by the Center for Demography of Health and Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that helps researchers keep up to date with the latest developments in the field. For more information, including an archive of back issues and subscription information see:

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/cdha/caar.html

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I. Data:

1. _MEPS_ NEW DATA AND DATA UPDATE:

A. MEPS HC-029: 1997 MEPS HC Survey Data (CD-ROM) (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, September 2001, ASCII and SAS Transport format, with SAS programming statements [ASCII format], and technical documentation [.pdf format]). "This CD-ROM contains the following MEPS Household Component (HC) public use files released by AHRQ for calendar year 1997: the 1997 Full-Year consolidated Data File (HC-020); the 1997 Event Files (HC-016A through HC-016I); the 1997 Medical Conditions file (HC-018); the 1997 Jobs File (HC-019); and the Panel 1 Longitudinal Weight File (HC-023). For each of these releases, the following files are included: a README file, data file(s) in ASCII and SAS Transport format, documentation and codebook(s), and a file containing SAS programming statements and sample code for SAS users."

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/Data_Pub/HC_FYData97.htm#hc029

For ordering information go to:

http://63.107.122.43:914/Data_Pub/data_cdfloppy.htm

B. "Update of Projected MEPS Data 1999-2008," (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, January 2002, .pdf and HTML format). "The MEPS Projected Data web page has been updated to reflect the recent public release of the HC-028 1998 Full Year Consolidated Data File. With the release of HC-028, the projected 1998 MEPS data has been replaced with the actual 1998 MEPS data (HC-028). Projected data files from 1999-2008 remain unchanged. The projected figures in statistical tables 4 through 6 for 1998 have been replaced with actual estimates from the recently released 1998 MEPS."

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/MEPSDATA/Projected/mepsdata.htm
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2. _PSID_ DATA UPDATE AND NEW DATA: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Panel Study of Income Dynamics website has released the following announcements.

A. "Effective January 15, 2002 The Income Plus data for 1994-1997 have been replaced with new versions, Release 2. These new releases include 1997 Occupation and Industry codes for the Head and the Wife, and corrections made to the 1994 social security and 1994 total family income variables. Please be sure to replace any downloads of the 1994 or 1997 Income Plus data made prior to January 15, 2002 with Release 2. These data can be downloaded from the PSID data center."

http://www.isr.umich.edu/src/psid/whatsnew.html

The URL for the PSID data center is:

http://stat0.isr.umich.edu/psid/data-center/dcmain.html

B. Effective January 24, 2002, "[t]he 1968-1999 Public Release I Family File, Release 3 is now available through the PSID data center and as a Zip package -- Release 3 includes corrections to a few data values."

http://www.isr.umich.edu/src/psid/whatsnew.html

The URL for the PSID data center is:

http://stat0.isr.umich.edu/psid/data-center/dcmain.html
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3. _ICPSR_ CONTROLLED VOCABULARY: "The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) has developed a controlled vocabulary system to assist users searching its' social science data archives. As part of a larger project to enhance and expand online archival search capabilities, the controlled vocabulary system consists of a subject thesaurus, a name authority list, and geographic region/country name list. Currently there are over 2800 subject terms, 200 personal names, and 500 geographic terms. Using terms selected from these lists, searches can be implemented on the ICPSR 'basic' and 'advanced' search pages. Additionally, you can search the Archive from within the controlled lists by clicking on "search this term" located on the term display page."

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/THESAURUS/index.html

The thesaurus can also be accessed from the main ICPSR search page:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/search-basic.html
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4. SEER DATA: The National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program has updated its US county based age group population data set to the years 1969-1999. Note: "County level populations for each state in the United States are available in text format as self-extracting DOS executables. Each state file contains county level populations for 1969-1999. The files contain populations for White, Black, and Non-White." Selected ethnic breakdowns are not available in this release, but should be available before Apr. 1, 2002.

http://seer.cancer.gov/USPops/
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5. UN POPULATION DIVISION WORLD POPULATION PROSPECTS DATABASE: This data extractor allows the user to select from two "panels" of population variables, select from countries or regions of the world, and selected estimates from as early as 1950 to projections as late as 2030. Data can
be viewed, printed or downloaded in .csv (comma separated value) format.

http://esa.un.org/unpp/
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II. Reports and articles:

6. _CENSUS BUREAU_ COMPENDIUM: "Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2001," (US Census Bureau, January 2002, .pdf format, 987p. available electronically.) Note: The best way to use the electronic _SA_ is to use the Index to find the table numbers you are interested in. Then download the sections with those tables. Tables relating to aging can be found in the index under DEATH AND DEATH RATES (Index, P. 945, P. 12 of 54 .pdf pages), ELDERLY (Index, P. 948, P. 15 of 54 .pdf pages), POPULATION (Index, P. 971, P. 38 of 54 .pdf pages) and VITAL STATISTICS (Index, P. 984, P. 52 of 54 .pdf pages), among other topics.

http://www.census.gov/prod/2002pubs/01statab/stat-ab01.html

1995-2000 _Statistical Abstracts_:

http://www.census.gov/prod/www/statistical-abstract-us.html
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7. AOA REPORT: "A Profile of Older Americans: 2001 (US Administration on Aging, January 2002, HTML and .pdf format, 13p.). "[This is the] electronic version of the popular brochure with the latest key statistics on older Americans in 13 key subject areas. It includes both narrative and statistical charts -- the 2001 edition is only available online."

http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/aoa/stats/profile/default.htm

Click on "PDF version" for .pdf full text.
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8. DHHS OIG OEI REPORT: "Medicare Enrollment of Home Health Providers," (US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Office of Evaluations and Inspections OEI-04-00-00550, January 2002, .pdf format, 15p.).

Report Summary:

The objective of this inspection was to determine if CMS enrolled home health agencies who were excluded from Medicare by the OIG or debarred from government participation by the General Services Administration, are felons, or are undercapitalized parties. We independently reviewed a sample of home health agencies, owners, and managers enrolled in Medicare between October 1, 1997 and September 30, 2000. Based on this review, CMS processes seem to have effectively prevented enrollment of such parties.

http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-04-00-00550.pdf
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9. NIH NEWS RELEASE: "Medicare Now Covers Glaucoma Detection Eye Exam: New Coverage to Benefit At-Risk Populations," (US National Institutes of Health, Jan. 22, 2002).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/jan2002/nei-22.htm
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10. _PNAS_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Note: Electronic full-text of this article may be available. Check with your organization's library.

A. "Association of human aging with a functional variant of klotho," by Dan E. Arking, Alice Krebsova, Milan Macek, Sr., Milan Macek, Jr., Albert Arking, I. Saira Mian, Linda Fried, Ada Hamosh, Srabani Dey, Iain McIntosh, and Harry C. Dietz (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 99, No. 2, January 22, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 856-861).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/99/2/856

B. "Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 is a major stress-regulated gene: Implications for stress-induced thrombosis in aged individuals," by Koji Yamamoto, Kyosuke Takeshita, Takayoshi Shimokawa, Hong Yi, Ken-ichi Isobe, David J. Loskutoff, and Hidehiko Saito (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 99, No. 2, January 22, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 890-895).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/99/2/890
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11. _JAMA_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT AND EDITORIAL: Note: Electronic full-text of this article may be available. Check with your organization's library.

A. "Excessive Daytime Sleepiness and Sudden-Onset Sleep in Parkinson Disease," by Douglas E. Hobson, Anthony E. Lang, W. R. Wayne Martin, Ajmal Razmy, Jean Rivest, and Jonathan Fleming (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 287, No. 4, January 23/30, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 455-463).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/abs/joc10367.html

B. "Daytime Sleepiness, Agonist Therapy, and Driving in Parkinson Disease," by Cynthia L. Comella (_Journal of the American Medical Association_ Editorial, Vol. 287, No. 4, January 23/30, 2002, .pdf and
HTML format, p. 509-511).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/current/ffull/jed10089.html
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12. _NEJM_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Note: Electronic full-text of this article may be available. Check with your organization's library. "CHOP Chemotherapy plus Rituximab Compared with CHOP Alone in Elderly Patients with Diffuse Large-B-Cell Lymphoma," by Bertrand Coiffier, Eric Lepage, Josette Brire, Raoul Herbrecht, Herv Tilly, Reda Bouabdallah, Pierre Morel, Eric Van Den Neste, Gilles Salles, Philippe Gaulard, Felix Reyes, Pierre Lederlin, and Christian Gisselbrecht (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 346, No. 4, January 24, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 235-242).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/346/4/235?query=TOC
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13. _LANCET_ ARTICLE AND COMMENTARY: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content.

A. "Physiotherapy for patients with mobility problems more than 1 year after stroke: a randomised controlled trial," by John Green, Anne Forster, Sue Bogle, and John Young (_Lancet_, Vol. 359, No. 9302, January 19, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 199-203). Note: The Lancet is providing free access to the electronic full-text of this article.

HTML:
http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol359/iss9302/full/llan.359.9302.original_research.19101.1

PDF:
http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.359.9302.original_research.19101.1&x=x.pdf

B. "Assessment of physiotherapy for patients with stroke," by W. De Weerdt and H. Feys (_Lancet_, Vol. 359, No. 9302, January 19, 2002, .pdf and HTML format, p. 182-183).

HTML:
http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol/iss/full/llan.359.9302.editorial_and_review.19121.1

PDF:
http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.359.9302.editorial_and_review.19121.1&x=x.pdf
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14. _NUTRITION SCREENING INITIATIVE_ GUIDE BOOK: "A Physician's Guide to Nutrition in Chronic Disease Management in Older Adults," (Nutrition Screening Initiative, 2002, .pdf format, 18p.). The purpose of this guide book is to provide a "concise, brief source of disease-specific nutrition information for physicians caring for older individuals." The guide book focuses on eight diseases: cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, dementia, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and osteoporosis.

http://www.aafp.org/nsi/physiciansguide.pdf

For more information about the Nutrition Screening Initiative, go to:

http://www.aafp.org/nsi/
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15. _EMPLOYERS FORUM ON AGE_ CASE STUDIES: "The Business Case for Age Diversity: Case Studies," (Employers Forum on Age, January 2002, HTML format). The purpose of these case studies is to examine how major UK corporations are dealing with the older members of their workforce. The companies featured in these case studies employ approximately "10% of the UK's workforce." The site also provides information about new EU regulations on age discrimination, as well as statistical information about the UK workforce.

http://www.efa-agediversity.org.uk/case-studies/index.htm

For more information about the Employers Forum on Age go to:

http://www.efa.org.uk/sitearchitek/efa_Content.nsf/html/4Q6LLN?OpenDocument&style=AboutEFA
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16. _FORBES_ ARTICLE: "Viagra for the Brain," by Robert Langreth (_Forbes_, February 4, 2002).

http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2002/0204/046.html
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17. _TIME MAGAZINE_ ARTICLE: "Your Money: Old safety nets are gone. Here's what to do," by Daniel Kadlec (_Time_, Vol. 159, No. 4, January 28, 2002).

http://www.time.com/time/covers/1101020128/finance.html
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III. Working Papers:

18. NBER:

A. "Social Security Expectations and Retirement Savings Decisions," by Jeff Dominitz, Charles F. Manski, and Jordan Heinz (National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper No. 8718, .pdf format, January 2002, 54p.).

Abstract:

Retirement savings decisions should depend on expectations of Social Security retirement income. Persons may be uncertain of their future Social Security benefits for several reasons, including uncertainty about their future labor earnings, the formula now determining social security benefits, and the future structure of the Social Security system. To learn how Americans perceive their benefits, we have elicited Social Security expectations from respondents to the Survey of Economic Expectations. We have also performed a more intensive face-to-face survey on a small sample of respondents. This paper presents the empirical findings. It also illustrates how data on expectations may help predict how Social Security policy affects retirement savings.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W8718

Click on "PDF" or submit your email address at the bottom of the abstract for full text.

B. "Is More Information Better? The Effects of 'Report Cards' on Health Care Providers," by David Dranove, Daniel Kessler, Mark McClellan, and Mark Satterthwaite (National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper No. 8697, .pdf format, January 2002, 33p.).

Abstract:

Health care report cards - public disclosure of patient health outcomes at the level of the individual physician and/or hospital - may address important informational asymmetries in markets for health care, but they may also give doctors and hospitals incentives to decline to treat more difficult, severely ill patients. Whether report cards are good for patients and for society depends on whether their financial and health benefits outweigh their costs in terms of the quantity, quality, and appropriateness of medical treatment that they induce. Using national data on Medicare patients at risk for cardiac surgery, we find that cardiac surgery report cards in New York and Pennsylvania led both to selection behavior by providers and to improved matching of patients with hospitals. On net, this led to higher levels of resource use and to worse health outcomes, particularly for sicker patients. We conclude that, at least in the short run, these report cards decreased patient and social welfare.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W8697

Click on "PDF" or submit your email address at the bottom of the abstract for full text.
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19. MPIDR: "The influence of smoking and BMI on heritability in susceptibility to coronary heart disease," by Andreas Wienke, Anne M. Herskind, Kaare Christensen, Axel Skytthe, and Anatoli I. Yashin (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research WP 2002-003, January 2002, .pdf format, 13p.).

Abstract:

Cause-specific mortality data on Danish monozygotic (MZ) and dizygotic (DZ) twins are used to analyze the influence of smoking and body mass index (BMI) on heritability estimates of susceptibility to coronary heart disease (CHD). The sample includes 1209 like-sexed twin pairs born between 1890 and 1920, where both individuals were still alive and answered a questionnaire, including information about smoking, height and weight, in 1966. The analysis was conducted with both sexes pooled due to the relatively small number of twin pairs. Follow-up was conducted from 1 January 1966 to 31 December 1993. We use the correlated gamma-frailty model with observed covariates for the genetic analysis of frailty to account for censoring and truncation in the lifetime data. During the follow-up, 1437 deaths occurred, including 435 deaths due to CHD. Proportions of variance of frailty attributable to genetic and environmental factors were analyzed using the structural equation model approach. Different standard biometric models are fitted to the data to evaluate the magnitude and nature of genetic and environmental factors on mortality. Using the best fitting model without covariates, heritability of frailty to CHD was found to be 0.45 (0.11). This result changes only slightly to 0.54 (0.16) after controlling for smoking and BMI. This analysis underlines the existence of a substantial genetic influence on individual frailty associated with mortality caused by CHD. No evidence for common genetic factors acting on smoking, BMI, and susceptibility to CHD are found which indicates that the association between smoking and susceptibility to CHD and BMI and susceptibility to CHD is not confounded by common genetic factors.

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/papers/working/wp-2002-003.pdf
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IV. Journal Tables of Contents (check your library for availability):

20. INGENTA Tables of Contents: INGENTA provides fee based document delivery services for selected journals.

A. Point your browser to:

http://www.ingenta.com/

B. click on "Search Options"
C. Type the Journal Name in the "Publication title" search box and click the radio button "Words in Title"
D. View the table of contents for the issue noted.

American Economic Review (Vol. 91, No. 5, Dec. 2001). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in ProQuest Research Library and EbscoHost. Check your library for availability of these databases and issue.

American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 92, No. 1, 2002). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in ProQuest Research Library and EbscoHost. Check your library for availability of these databases and issue.

http://www.ajph.org/

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 49, No. 12, 2001).
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21. AMEDEO MEDICAL LITERATURE: Note: "AMEDEO has been created to serve the needs of healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, administrators, other members of the health professions, and patients and their friends. They can easily access timely, relevant information within their respective fields... All AMEDEO services are free of charge. This policy was made possible thanks to generous unrestricted educational grants provided by AMGEN, Berlex, Eisai, Glaxo Wellcome, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche, and Schering AG."

A. Osteoporosis: Literature for the week of January 22, 2001:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/ost.htm

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of January 22, 2001:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/ad.htm

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of January 22, 2001:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/pd.htm

AMADEO Literature Guide:

http://www.amedeo.com/index.htm

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V. Funding Opportunities:

22. NIH:

A. "Resource Centers and Coordinating Center for Minority Aging Research - Addendum to RFA-AG-02-004," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging in conjunction with other agencies, NOT-AG-02-001, January 17, 2002).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-AG-02-001.html

B. Identifying Functional Links Between the Immune System and Brain Function Including Behavior (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in conjunction with other agencies, PA-02-045, January 17, 2002).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-02-045.html
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VI. Conferences:

23. INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF AGING: "The Valencia Forum," (International Association of Aging with the support of the Novartis Foundation for Gerontology, co-sponsored by the United Nations Population fund (UNFPA) and with involvement of the World Health Organisation, Help Age International and hosted by the Valencia Autonomous Region Government and the Spanish Society for Gerontology and Geriatrics (SEGG), conference to be held April 1-4, 2002 in Valencia Spain). The Valencia Forum will occur a week prior to the Second World Assembly on Ageing (scheduled to take place April 8-12, 2002 in Madrid). For more information about the Forum, including registration details, go to:

http://www.valenciaforum.com/intro.html
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VII. Legislation Information Updates:

24. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING: "Long-Term Care After Olmstead: Aging and Disability Groups Seek Common Ground," a hearing held September 21, 2001 (US Senate Special Committee on Aging, Senate Hearing 107-179, .pdf and ASCII format, 94p.).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/senate/senate22sh107.html

Scroll to or "find in page" "107-179" (without the quotes).


Thanks,

Charlie

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Charlie Fiss
Information Manager
Center for Demography and Ecology and
Center for Demography of Health and Aging
Rm. 4470A Social Science Bldg
1180 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1393
Phone: (608) 265-9240
Fax: (608) 262-8400
Email: fiss@ssc.wisc.edu

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